ALTRINCHAM'S rainbow-coloured shirts, worn in support of the Football v Homophobia campaign, created more of a stir before kick off than the 90 minutes of run-of-the-mill fare that followed on the pitch in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bradford (Park Avenue).

Going into the National League North clash, Bradford had already lost to Altrincham three times this season, tasting defeat at the Robins' hands in the league, FA Cup and FA Trophy before Christmas.

But the Yorkshiremen deserved their point in this fourth clash between the teams, despite needing a late goal to secure their draw.

Without the injured Andy White, Ben Harrison and Nathan Waterston, the indisposed Sean Williams and the suspended Jordan Hulme from the start, Alty had three players making their home debuts in their squad.

And it was one of them, loanee striker Joe Piggott from Wigan Athletic, who made the goal that put the Robins ahead in the 22nd minute.

Piggott seized on indecision by former Alty defender Luca Havern to win possession 40 yards from goal.

He then fed Josh Hancock, who evaded the advancing keeper before slotting the ball into the net, making him the leading Alty scorer in the league this season.

Bradford continued to see plenty of the ball but lacked any incisiveness at their forward end.

With time ticking away, Bradford's former Alty left-back, Nicky Clee, got along the byline on the left before Altrincham cleared the ball off the line but it rebounded off Avenue substitute Danny East and into the net to make it 1-1, just six minutes from time.

Following a nine-game unbeaten run, Alty have now hit patchy form, winning just three of their last 10 league fixtures heading into Tuesday's night's home clash against fellow play-off contenders Spennymoor Town.

ALTRINCHAM: Drench, Densmore, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult, Johnston, Richman, Piggott, Hancock, Harrop. Subs: Poole, White, Fawns, Ceesay, Thompson.